A Maxpass-style Fastpass management system will be coming to the Tokyo Disney Resort this summer, according to a local report.
The Asahi Shimbun reported today that Oriental Land Co., which operates the resort under license from Disney, is planning to introduce a smartphone-based Fastpass distribution system in time for the opening of Tokyo DisneySea's version of Soarin' in July. Like the digital Maxpass system at Disneyland, Tokyo Disney's system will not eliminate traditional Fastpass distribution. Visitors still will be able to get Fastpasses by going to the ticket machines set up near participating attractions around the parks, if they choose not to get the ride reservations with their phones.
However, the report does not say whether the Tokyo installation of digital distribution will be free to use, like at Shanghai Disneyland, or require an extra payment, like with Maxpass at Disneyland. I have not been able yet to find any pages about the new system on the Oriental Land Co. or Tokyo Disney websites.
Tokyo Disney's visitors use Fastpass on another level from fans at any other Disney theme park resort. Fastpasses all but evaporate at park opening, as fans queue early and rope-drop the machines. If you ever wondered what it would be like to a visit a Disney theme park where every park visitor was a fully-informed expert on Fastpass and maximizing the day, visit the Tokyo Disney Resort. It's amazing.
Apparently, Oriental Land Co officials are hoping that a smartphone-based distribution system will help reduce lines inside the already-crowded parks as people use their phones to get their Fastpasses instead of queueing in person for the tickets. But let's raise a glass to Tokyo Disney's IT team, because those servers are about to get slammed.
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